Asghar Afghan, the 33-year-old former Afghan captain who is part of his country’s squad at the current T20 World Cup, announced his decision to withdraw from all match formats at the end of their match against Namibia Sunday. The Afghanistan Cricket Board accepted it, saying it “salutes and respects his decision” and “expresses its gratitude for his service to the country”.
Asghar – earlier Asghar Stanikzai – didn’t have a chance to beat in Afghanistan’s 130-point win over Scotland in their first Super 12 game at the T20 World Cup and scored 10 in seven bullets in the defeat against Pakistan. It was his 74th appearance in a T20I, in which he scored 1,351 points with an average of 21.79 and a strike rate of 110.37.
Having started his international career in 2009 with an ODI against Scotland at Benoni in a World Cup qualifier, Asghar scored 2424 points in 114 ODI with an average of 24.73 and a strike rate of 66.77.
He captained Afghanistan in his first test match, against India in Bengaluru in 2018 and appeared in six tests, scoring 440 points to 44.00.
Part of Afghanistan Under-17 in 2004, he represented his country at senior level later that year in Asian Cricket Council tournaments, then became a regular member of the national team , playing in the lower divisions of the World Cricket League in 2008. -09.
Arguably a better captain than a hitter, who has led his team to the top of the ICC ladder through tough times, Asghar has led Afghanistan in 59 of his 114 ODIs and 52 of his 74 T20Is. In fact, he holds the record for the most wins as captain in T20I
: Afghanistan won 42 matches in the format under him, with nine losses and one draw, while India won 41 under MS Dhoni, to go with 28 losses, one draw and two no results.
His leadership role, however, has seen its ups and downs in recent times. In May 2019, the Afghanistan Board of Directors removed the All Format Harbourmaster’s Office in Asghar and implemented a three-way Harbourmaster’s Office formula, with Rahmat Shah (Tests), Gulbadin Naib (ODIs) and Rashid Khan (T20Is ) supporting. But three months later, after the 2019 ODI World Cup, Naib was sacked – as was Rahmat – and replaced by Rashid in all formats. A few months later, in December, Asghar was brought back, again in all formats, for another stint.